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Forum Post: Toward a New Vision

Posted 6 years ago on Sept. 29, 2011, 4:18 p.m. EST by dandydextrous (3) from Richmond, VA
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The true focus of revolutionary change is never the oppressive situations which we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within us. ~ Audre Lorde


Arm yourself with knowledge, empower yourself with truth.



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[-] 1 points by ZinnReader (92) from Encinitas, CA 6 years ago

This is required reading in sociology classes.

Main points of the article are:

  • Our lives are framed by multiple systems of oppression

  • We need to understand these as not mutually exclusive categories for analysis but as intersecting, parallel and dialectical

  • They can be understood simultaneously as dimension of the fundamental relationship of domination and subordination

Collins offers a new vision that is distinctive and intersecting.

  • Move away from dichotomous thinking – either/or categorization (e.g. black vs. white, man vs. woman, rational vs. emotional, oppressed vs. not oppressed)

  • Dichotomous (binary) thinking leads to ranking of oppressions and seeing, for example, all whites/all men as oppressors

  • To an integrated and/both analysis – that is inclusive of the intersecting identities

  • Recognizing that privilege and oppression coexist

  • Must think in terms of inclusion


  • building coalitions: finding a common ground or course for social change; shared histories with individual and institutional forms of oppression

  • building empathy: each side needs to engage in self-scrutiny and engage in understanding; understand one’s own privilege

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 6 years ago

awesome find.

[-] 1 points by dandydextrous (3) from Richmond, VA 6 years ago

it's a great article and patricia hill collins is a great writer and speaker! hope you enjoy it!

[-] 1 points by ZinnReader (92) from Encinitas, CA 6 years ago

Thank you for posting it.